Jews for Jesus Director says God's Purpose for Jews Unchanged

The Jews for Jesus Executive Director David Brickner visited the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) campus in Kansas City, Mo. last week to remind seminarians of God's ongoing will for the salvation of the Jews.

On April 19, Brickner, the head of the world's largest outreach to the Jews, proclaimed that God's will for the Jewish people has not changed.

"I want you to be encouraged. God is bringing life from the dead among Jewish people today," Brickner said.

Citing Romans, he emphasized "God's purpose" for the Jewish people throughout the message.

"I believe smack dab in the center in God's eternal plan for this world is His ongoing purposes for the Jewish people," Brickner said. "That's what Paul was talking about in Romans 9, 10 and 11. And if you have never sat down to read those three chapters in one setting, I encourage you to do that."

Brickner spoke about Apostle Paul, who was "very convinced of God's continuing plan" with the Jewish people.

"He knew it was the 'power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,'" Brickner said, referencing to Romans 1:16. "Most people stop right there like it's the end of the verse. But it's not. As you well know, Paul completes this statement by saying, "to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile."

Furthermore, he commended Southern Baptists, including the Midwestern President Dr, R. Philip, for reaching out to the Jews with the Gospel.

"I don't think there is a denomination in evangelical Christianity today that is more firmly and favorably disposed towards the issue of Jewish evangelism, nor a denomination that's taken the heat more faithfully and forcefully and proudly for the sake of the gospel among the Jewish people," said Brickner.

"One of the key people in that over the years has been your president, Dr.[R. Philip] Roberts," said Brickner, noting his work as the director of interfaith witness at the North American Mission Board.

Brickner, who believes the Jews will play an important role in Christ's appearing, encouraged the students to tell the Jews about Jesus.

"People are interested in the future. They want to know what's going on in Israel. And I'm sure you do too. For what's going on in Israel, I believe, is part of that plan that God has given us – not all the information we've like to receive but enough to cultivate in our hearts a love for His appearing," Brickner said.

"Do you love His appearing? If you do, tell Jewish people about Jesus – because they're going to need to know Him."